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  1. 4 points
    The point is: 'there are limited ways to decorate a jelly bean.'
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    Sorry Ed, although I myself have been known to use it, that sentimental ploy of "like dad had when I was a kid" ain't working here. The '38 has a new and long term owner. It is actually more than satisfying my longtime desire for a late 20's/early 30's roadster. Now to find that original condition unmolested first gen Riviera....
  6. 3 points
    'Numbers matching' (aka drivetrain originality) is only one of many factors to consider when contemplating a classic car purchase. For me, I wouldn't immediately ignore a car with non-original engine, however, it does make me wonder what happened to the car that led to that event. If the car was neglected to the point that the engine failed what does that say about the rest of the car? On the other hand, when it comes to Lotto -- matching numbers is important!
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    I think I can't un-see that. lol
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    When I think of the cr.p I have breathed in over the years, I shudder. Though of course I am much more careful in recent years. I too am still healthy, and hopefully will still be for many years. Keith
  9. 3 points
    Currently the Bradshaw Group and still selling Chevrolet's and Buick's in Utah
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    Free, you pay postage, which when I bought them 3-4 years ago was around $20 from PA to GA. I think there are like 10 of the big full size and 12 of the small. They all have the wires that hold the magazines in and are in good shape except having been written on with magic marker by the previous owner. I no longer need them as I restored and customized an old file cabinet with car door handles and painted in my fave color, Buick Engine Green.... Respond here then pm me if you want them
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    On my 37 Special with a 52 263 engine the Stromberg 2bbl carburetor has loaded it's last straw on me so it's on it's way to carburetor heaven and a Rochester 2GC is going to be the new go to unit. Carb is off a 265 Chevy V8 so engine size matches up but they made millions of 2GC's over at least 20 years so parts are everywhere and cheap. I WILL NOT miss the vacuum start switch and will go push button or key start. Originality with me takes a back seat since the car gets driven many miles a year and parts availability if way more important than if it has the correct parts number or color paint. If any non purists are interested I'll make a photo record of the swap.
  12. 2 points
    Look carefully at your shop manual pictures and take note of the detailing of the shoe, this will tell you what shoes are correct. When I put Roadmaster 2.5 inch-wide brakes on my Super (1954), I ran into the same problem with aftermarket shoes. A slightly different detailing on the bottom made the adjuster hang up a bit and not function right. The discrepancy at the top should probably be adjusted out at the locator pin, which slides up and down. See your FSM for details. Roadmaster 2.5 shoes are harder to come by, they sold a lot less Roadmasters in the day. All other models had the 2.25. My advice, grab two pair of Roadmaster shoes off your closest parts cars, and send them for relining to a shop in your area. Keep one set as spares.
  13. 2 points
    I told the guy that VIN , Engine and Trans numbers didn't match before 1958. He dismissivly said that his numbers matching claim wasn't directed towards me, but to someone else in the thread. (From which , I inferred that I should mind my own business) And that his Engine and Trans numbers DID match. I thanked him for teaching me something about Buicks that I didn't know.
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    The Corvette guys are fanatical out numbers matching justifiably because many parts on those cars were numbered and were specific to the year of their manufacture. My numbers matching concern on the '40 is that the engine is actually a '41, but the correct size. The car will run with that engine, and probably look just fine. Upon sale of the car (as my ashes blow with the wind) I seriously doubt my descendants will get a nickle more for the car if I spent thousands more installing a proper serial numbered '40 engine. On that note, I will be satisfied that all the parts combined will give the car the appearance of a 1940 Buick.
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    Shucks,I new you would get hooked on that beauty,looks like Helen and Elvira will be sticking around.When I get my Riv back on the road,I'm am going to make a road trip down to see your Buick farm later this summer.
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    Reminds me of a piece of "course excrement"
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    Well thank you Pilgrim, thank you very much. Seriously though, let's not forget, Mr Earl didn't do it alone, if it wasn't for Ned Nickles, would we even have the portholes or sweepspears or the 63 Riviera for that matter? I think not. Not to take anything away from my namesake, but Harley's entire design and engineering team back in the late forties thru the very early sixties i.e. Ned Nickles, Bill Mitchell, Charlie Chayne, Harlow Curtice and others deserve a lot of credit for making Buick's styling what it was and still is today! Just sayin
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    For many less-versed in these matters than we are, I think "numbers matching" means that a 1955 Buick, for example, has a 1955 engine which can be verified by the engine number. Some fine points in 1946-48 Cadillacs (and I think '41-'42 as well), the engine number stamped in the block was preceded by the series number (61-62-60S-75) in which originally installed. So if I were looking at a 1947 convertible, available only in the 62 series, and it had some other series' engine number--or the wholly different surplus tank engine number, that could be a factor in the price
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    That looks like a Delco solenoid to me. Is it? On a Chrysler? ALMOST everything on that solenoid is rebuildable. The adjustment on the front just sets the pinion depth. There should be a spec in the manual for that. The copper disc has a little spring so that it can bottom out on the copper bolts a little before the solenoid bottoms out. Copper discs if not available can often be taken off and turned upside down. Copper bolts often have half of the heads burned off. They can be replaced. If not available sometimes they can be turned around backwards to get the full height back around the side that contacts the disc. The only thing that cant be fixed is a bad winding. There are 2 windings, check continuity on each of the two windings. I would really need to see the manual to tell you more. Is there a relay inside the cover? If so, look for one winding to be from one of the relay contacts to one of the copper bolts on the solenoid. The other one should be from the same relay contact but to ground. If the windings are good, you can rebuild it. If not, its gonna be expensive. Good luck.
  20. 2 points
    And then beat the hell out of him!
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    I have a Buick Parts Book that shows the location of the holes for mounting the exterior mouldings and retainers. There are very few dimensions but it shows the approximate locations, the fasteners and all the part numbers for these. The best thing would be to locate another of the same model and year of your car and take some measurements and photos. However, I think these drawings may be of help to you. Please send me the model of the 53 Buick you have and your email and I will scan the page and email it to you. Joe, BCA 33493
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    We put a Jeep axle from the 90s and it was almost a bolt in. We even hooked up the ebrake and just modified the rear end connection drive shaft. 3.70s something gears and does 65-70 al day long and goes great in our mountainous area that we live in. 1939 Plymouth Coupe with the stock engine. It was a column shift and we converted it to a floor shift.
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    Another ride to a local show last weekend at Miami Lakes, FL. "Almendrón" took another unexpected first class trophy in it class.
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    The only thing I can contribute to the conversation is that I COULD NOT get my 57 to stop with 3 different over the counter shoes. I sent them out to a reline shop, put them on, and now the car stops on a dime and gives me 9 cents change............Bob
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    That's what happens when I talk out of my fanny
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    Here's the 1156 693 part # defined.
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    I don't think that this is your problem, Reg, but I'll mention the ground cable, only because when those do go bad, or the connection where it bolts to the engine or frame goes bad, they can look fine, but have too much resistance for a high draw item like a starter to work. You guys are going to think I'm nuts, but years ago I had one old Mopar that would act up in moist weather and the only way I could get the starter to function was to put on the headlights first to help create a circuit. It took a while to figure out it was the ground cable.
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    I can empathize with you. I have identical feelings about a '65 Mustang.......
  31. 1 point
    Good for you. When it's time to go....it's time to go!
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    About 20-25 years ago, I purchased a 1933 Buick 50-series business coupe from the grandson of the original owner in Connecticut. He was settling his grandfather's estate, and I was curious about what sort of work his grandfather did to be able to afford a new Buick in the middle of the Great Depression. Fearing he might say the man did something illegal or under the table (bookie? numbers runner? rum runner during prohibition?), I was relieved and had my question answered when he replied that his grandfather worked for the New Haven Railroad, in their administrative office. That makes sense. The railroads, of course, continued to operate normally, I'm sure, in the Great Depression, especially a commuter railroad like the New Haven, New York & Hartford (which, I believe is their proper and complete name). OK, it wasn't a 37/38 Century coupe, but it's one real example of who bought a new Buick coupe in the Great Depression. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338 Leonard, Texas
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    If confrontation is the objective one may ask: Which numbers match? But speaking for myself, I would probably nod in the affirmative, and just walk away.
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    For those that care, customized portholes are available in several variations. Usually sold in sets of three. First ones I saw were in WalMart. NTX5467
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    Check here:http://annebobroffhajal.com/category/mysteries-of-my-grandfather/my-grandfathers-all-american-inventions/ Howard Dennis
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    Doctors? Bankers? Government employees?
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    I vote for lock wire. I have a similar filter on the 3.0L MerCruiser engine in my boat. I wired the nut on that puppy!
  38. 1 point
    I have the same handle on a 32 car. That chrome lever thing pulls up/off to get to the tiny bulb that shines through the star. No idea on how to date these to a year, except getting lucky to find an old ad online from a dated magazine/etc
  39. 1 point
    and it will never be the same. Good ol' Dandy Dave paid us an overnight visit and fun was had by all. His visit could not have come at a better time as I was making my last haul of parts from the barn find purchase. So I guess you could call it a working vacation. But it sure made the task of loading and unloading engines and transmissions and doors and fenders much more fun not to mention easier on this old mans back. Plus I think he has unloaded a few engines in his lifetime. No pictures of us working but here are a few of the good times. This guy is a hoot and has a lot of knowledge stored in that head of his. Rita and I enjoyed his stay immensely. Oh and the Cap'n was there also. Sweet Reet and Dandy Dave "just a swingin" out by Buick Pond This guy is the first visitor ever to Buick Gardens to know what these two things were. Anybody else know? We're saying "Cheers" to all the BCA Forum members here. "CHEERS" . And I think this is when I exclaimed "It ain't heaven, but it'll do til we get there" Rita just kept sayin "this guy is funny" "this guy is a genius" "I love this guy" !!!! WATCH THE UPHOLSTERY SON, watch the upholstery!!!!! Elvis like him too, but I didn't get any shots of him with DD. Maybe Dave did. Dave explained to me the difference between a Yankee and a Damn Yankee... a "yankee" is sombody from up nawth. A "damn yankee" is somebody from up nawth who stays. Thanks for the good times and help Dave, have a good flight back to New Yawk.
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    By all means try taking apart the solenoid. I used to have good results by cleaning up the large copper washer and the mating stud surfaces. You may find better results by simply rotating the washer 90 degrees and the studs 180. If you are able to rotate them, you'll have fresh contact surfaces.
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    Disc brakes need much more pressure to stop the car because it's a clamp, and not a self energizing radial brake like a drum. Drums apply pressure to the outer most part, obviously, of the drum, while caliper pads apply pressure at different radii. It just needs the added oomph of power brakes to really clamp down hard. Also you're going with discs now, Matt? My only advice is stick with the original power brake cylinder and don't try to upgrade it. I've been down that road and nothing works for the under dash units. The space is too tight, the bore is not right and the pedal ratio is too small. I did this when I first started my Buick, and have found that when properly set up, drums and original equipment works best.
  42. 1 point
    Rita thinks a better idea would be for the Buicks to be gone before the next hail comes or there may be a different hell around here.
  43. 1 point
    1936 Buick Generator with new regulator. This was for my 1936 Century. It cost me $410 to have it rebuilt. I have the receipt. They put new fields , new bearings, new regulator, other stuff.. My price is $250 plus shipping.. call 618-889-6855 NO Texting
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    Should we consider Rita an "enabler" of these antics? John
  46. 1 point
    Took Irene out today for the bi-monthly Buick club meet down by the river. Drove very well as always. From here we ventured to an aircraft museum for a look through. The drive home was spectacular with a lightning and thunderstorm show and a few drops of rain. Got home just in time before the big downpour.
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    Start by knocking out the core plugs and cleaning out the block. Most of the crud collects in the block and pulling the head is not the way to clean the block. You need big holes to get inside, not the water passages between the block and head. There is really only one way to clean a block out and that is mechanically. There is no particular mechanical talent needed. Just pure dirty grunt work and a large dose of patience. Don't stop with the job half done. Dig out ALL the crud. Buick straight eights were famous for plugged water passages in the block. In the dealership I worked in in the 60's the mechanics pulled the rad and sent it to the rad shop to be boiled out and then they mechanically cleaned out the block. Some engines had five and up to ten pounds of crud in the water jackets. Go back to AACA GENERAL DISCUSSION and search "buick overheating". There are 242 postings about this problem. If you read them all you will see that owners did every possible thing to the rads, changed fan blades and in the end the only totally satisfactory way is through the core holes. If you doubt where your engine is plugged buy and infrared thermometer and check all the areas of you engine. The only reason the rad gets plugged is because little bits of the crud in the block circulate until the hit a passage that they cannot get through. A clean rad will only stay that way if the block is also clean.
  48. 1 point
    Took a mulligan Mr. Earl. Another 70 degree day in Colorado, top down, lunch at A & W.
  49. 1 point
    Still the best tool there is for fixing old cars.
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    Stolen from another thread here but this looks like a fine tool to have around..